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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2104..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

I extend my sympathies to his wife, Jenny; his children, Tayla and Joel; and his extended family and his many friends.

MS MacDONALD

: I rise to speak briefly. I didn't know Matthew Reynolds but wish to speak as a former trade unionist. I think it's interesting that our paths didn't cross- me working in the clerks union, and Matthew being involved in the CPSU.

I did, however, Mr Speaker, take the time to look at the many tributes to Matthew on the CPSU's website. They've been mentioned by many in this place today. I can say that I knew a few of the people who made comments on the website. Some of them are close friends of mine, but many others, of course, I didn't know. I took great pleasure in reading the comments of the many people who obviously have a great love for Matthew and shared many wonderful times with him.

I regret that I didn't actually know Matthew Reynolds, because he sounds like a person who had a great deal of spirit and always pursued what he believed and what I believe as well: the need to protect the rights of workers. I think there is really no greater thing to do than to go after and improve people's lives. That's what Matthew was doing.

Finally, I'd just say, Mr Speaker, that my heart goes out to his wife, Jenny; and to his children, Tayla and Joel. I hope that they can retain their memories of their husband and their father for many years to come. They obviously have a great deal of heartache before them, and I have no doubt that they will get through it with the help of all their family and friends, who are also Matthew's family and friends. I wish them the best in remembering their father.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation Amendment Bill 2003

Mr Quinlan

, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by acting clerk.

MR QUINLAN

(Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (10.52): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation Bill 2003 gives effect to the government's intended and announced direction for what has been, until now, the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation and what I propose will in future be known as the Australian Capital Tourism Corporation or Australian Capital Tourism in general use.

The bill effectively makes two significant changes to the corporation act. These are to change the name of the corporation from CTEC to Australian Capital Tourism and to increase the size of the corporation's board from the existing seven to nine members.


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